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Evaluation of the Bail Supervision Scheme

Evaluation of the Bail Supervision Scheme (BSS) Start date: May 2018 
Principle Investigator: Sean Redmond, Lead Researcher: Catherine Naughton Documentary Analysis: John Reddy
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) commissioned EXTERN to provide a pilot bail supervision scheme (BSS) in November 2016. The scheme involves the collaboration with multiple state agencies active in the lives of children who would have ordinary been remanded to detention, including:
Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Irish Youth Justice Services, EXTERN, An Garda Síochána, The Court Service, The Probation Service, Oberstown Children’s Detention Campus, TUSLA
A contribution analysis was used to retrospectively evaluate BSS in relation to
  1. Processes (including implementation)
  2. Inputs/Outputs
  3. Confidence in the scheme (by collaborative agencies)
  4. Impact - Remand trends and Outcomes (Behavioural change including reduced offending and adherence to bail conditions). 

We collected and triangulated various forms of evidence (both administration and primary data) to test a theory of change model.

  1. In partnership with the Garda Analysis Services and collaboration with EXTERN, Oberstown and IYJS a quasi-experimental design assessed changes in the young people’s offending levels 6 months prior to BSS intervention with their offending levels 6 months post BSS.
  2. A documentary analysis of EXTERN administrative data assessed children’s behavioural changes and the implementation of BSS.
  3. An analysis of EXTERN and IYJS administration data analysed input, output and remand trends.
  4. An inductive analysis of interviews with children, their caregivers, key stakeholders who have first-hand experience of BSS, and management facilitated theory building on the processes which impact positive children’s behavioural change  and adherence to bail conditions. This design also assessed the implementation of BSS and perceptions and confidence of the courts/stakeholders in BSS. 
Progress to date 
Initial findings were presented to the Advisory Group and members of the BSS team on the 29th of May in DCYA offices Dublin
We will complete a summary of initial findings report by September 2019
We will complete the full report by December 2019